Donald Trump will never be accused of thinking small. That type of mindset often has resulted in bad outcomes, as evidenced by his six bankruptcies, and other business failures (steaks, vodka, airlines etc.)
We have had a lot of discussion about Trump's military parade and his rallies, so you may want to skim through those threads again before reading the rest of my thoughts below.
Our country has benefited from the ideas of literally thousands of people who thought big (Hoover Dam is just one example of that fact) , but there are two people who completed projects that have had an enormous effect on our country - and they are both shrouded with controversy. At the end of this article, you'll discover that one of them has connection to Trump .
Gutzon Borglum, the guy who carved Mount Rushmore, was hired in the 1920's to create a monument to Confederate leaders on the fact of Stone Mountain in Georgia. He eventually got into a disagreement with the owners of the mountain about money, and got fired. His completed bust of Robert E. Lee was sandblasted from the mountain.
The next man who was hired was Walter Hancock, who started his carvings of three Confederate leaders in 1964, and finished it in 1972. The completed sculpture is the largest bas-relief in the entire world. Years before he started this project, he was part of the team in Europe who prevented the destruction of works of art by the Nazis. If you have seen the movie, "Monument Men", he was one of those guys.
Tomorrow would have been his 119th birthday, which would make his REALLY OLD. However, he DID live to be 97.
In addition to Stone Mountain, he also created the Pennsylvania Railroad WWII memorial in Philadelphia.
Most impressive of all, perhaps, is his rendering of "Christ in Majesty" at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Christ in Majesty" Mosaic is located in the upper church NW apse. This mosaic is one of the largest of Christ in the world at 3,610 sq. feet. It contains 3.5 million tesserae of mosaic in 3000-4000 total shades of color, 300 of which are red and 200 of which are shades of gold.It can be viewed by clicking on the link below:
The statue of "Mary Immaculate" stands atop the Baldachin over the main altar and is 7'2" tall, yet is dwarfed by "Christ in Majesty". It's position atop the Baldachin before "Christ in Majesty" symbolically and significantly represents "To Jesus, through Mary"
Work started on Mount Rushmore in 1927, and was completed in 1941. Borglum died before the project was completed , but his son finished it 7 months later.
The four presidents were chosen to represent the nation's birth, growth, development, and preservation, respectively. The memorial park covers 1,278.45 acres (2.00 sq mi; 5.17 km 2) and is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level.
Controversies exist today at both Stone Mountain and Mount Rushmore.
We are currently in the process of removing references to the Confederacy. Statues have been taken down, the Confederate flag has just been banned at NASCAR events, and Stacy Abrams thinks that the Stone Mountain sculpture should be blasted off the mountain.
The original name for Mount Rushmore was "The Six Grandfathers". As Six Grandfathers, the mountain was part of the route that Lakota leader Black Elk took in a spiritual journey that culminated at Black Elk Peak. Following a series of military campaigns from 1876 to 1878, the United States asserted control over the area, a claim that is still disputed on the basis of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie
Like Mount Humphreys in Flagstaff, Organ Pipe Monument in southern Arizona, and Oak Flat east of Phoenix, The Six Grandfathers is considered a sacred site by Native American.s
Natives in Flagstaff were upset when reclaimed water started to be used in the snow making machines at the ski resort on top of the mountain, Organ Pipe is being violated in order to build a totally useless, but very costly, border wall, and foreign mining companies want to mine for copper at Oak Flat.
The latest controversy is at Mount Rushmore again.
Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore are drawing sharp criticism from Native Americans who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them and used to pay homage to leaders hostile to native people.
Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump’s 3 July visit, part of Trump’s “comeback” campaign for a nation reeling from sickness, unemployment and, recently, social unrest.
The event is slated to include fighter jets thundering over the 79-year-old stone monument in South Dakota’s Black Hills and the first fireworks display at the site since 2009.
But it comes amid a national reckoning over racism and a reconsideration of the symbolism of monuments around the globe. Many Native American activists say the Rushmore memorial is as reprehensible as the many Confederate monuments being toppled around the nation.
The National Park Service stopped staging pyrotechnics at Mount Rushmore in 2010 out of concern that it could ignite wildfires under drought conditions, the Washington Post reports. The memorial is surrounded by 1,200 acres of forested lands, including ponderosa pines, and lies next to the Black Hills national forest’s Black Elk Wilderness.
A multi-state effort was focused on Thursday on fighting a wildfire that started in nearby Custer state park on Wednesday, burning about six miles from Mount Rushmore, the Rapid City Journal reported.
As of yesterday, South Dakota has had 6535 coronavirus cases, and 88 deaths. Despite the outbreak of the virus in a Sioux Falls pork processing plant, the governor is still not a big fan of masks.
The fireworks display will likely cost less than the $13 million that Trump spent on his 4th of July spectacle last year - but it's still a bad idea.